Dolphins coach Brian Flores reacts to winning first game as head coach
Afterward, first-year head coach Brian Flores was thrilled:
“A lot about coaching is building relationships and having fun out there, so those moments mean a lot more. I wasn’t expecting any kind of bath,” Flores said of the Gatorade bath the players gave him in the waning moments of the victory, according to Cameron Wolfe of ESPN.com. “It was a fun moment for them, fun moment for me. It was something I’ll never forget.”
Flores also dedicated the win to his late mother, who passed away in March due to cancer:
“She’s been my good-luck charm for a long time,” Flores said. “This is the first season of football I’ve had without her. She’s the person that came to mind. This one is for her. It was a lot of fun. It was a great moment.”
Ryan Fitzpatrick put forth a stellar performance against his former Jets club in the win, completing 24 of his 36 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns.
The Dolphins used a 21-point second quarter to pull away from the Jets and take a 21-12 lead into halftime, one they would never relinquish in spite of scoring just five points in the second half.
Considered by many to be a historically bad team over its first seven games, Miami has averted the potential of an 0-16 season, a dubious distinction that only the 2018 Detroit Lions have achieved.
The Dolphins will now head on the road to take on the Indianapolis Colts.